Category Archives: House and Home

Brenda Dickson, Superstar

Apologies in advance if you have never heard of former soap star Brenda Dickson. All you really need to know is that she’s an absolute loon and spends her spare time making videos to share her knowledge with her imagined fans.

As she says “Fashion is acquired by trying a lot of different fashions.” Words to live by.

Happy Birthday, Martha!


The queen of all media turns a youthful 66 today. See what good growing your own vegetables and a reinvigorating stint in the big house can do for you?

Urban Outfitters Patchwork Chair


We love the twisted classics you can always find at your local Urban Outfitters. Take the new Water Lilly Patchwork chair. The lines and shape are reminiscent of our favorite mid-century modern designs, but the upholstery is pure Partridge Family.

Urban Outfitters Water Lilly Patchwork Chair, $200

West Elm Summer Sale


West Elm is like the Gap of home decor. You’ve got to pick through a lot of crap to find the good stuff and you’ll probably return half of what you buy. But, like our favorite clothing outlet, West Elm also has amazing markdown prices.

Now through July 15th, a huge selection of furniture and home accessories is up to 60% off. And many items have free shipping on Our pick is the hanging botanical mobile, just $14.99. Very Calder-on-a-budget.


Ikea Summer Sale


Banish any thoughts you have of cheap particle board furniture that never quite works. The quality of Ikea goods has improved dramatically. We can testify, since our new pied-a-terre is head-to-toe Scandanavian-on-a-budget (ooh, that was a lot of dashes).

Starting June 22nd, you can save 20% to 60% throughout the store. If you’ve been to an Ikea lately, you know how big they are, so plan on staying for lunch. Check out the website now and start your shopping list!

Affordable Art Fair


Lee Madgwick’s The Incident at 20 East 1st Street

Got a wall that’s just screaming for something to hang from it? Don’t want something mass-produced by Bed, Bath & Beyond or Urban Outfitters? Check out the Affordable Art Fair this weekend in Manhattan.

AAF features paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints, all priced from $100 to $10,000. Check out their website for a preview of the artists being shown and support the arts while sprucing up your abode.

Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St @ Sixth Ave
$15 admission, $10 students and seniors

Plus Deck Cassette Converter

We were closeted DJs in high school and college, putting together mix tapes for every occasion until they were toppling off the shelves. When the iPod came around, the mix tapes went buh-bye. If only we’d waited a couple of years for the new Plus Deck Cassette Converter, a nifty device that reads cassette music tapes and converts them to MP3 files.

Plus Deck Cassette Converter, $130